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Jane Farwell


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Now known as Folklore Village, Folklore Village Farm, founded in 1966, is an institution founded by Jane Farwell on her family's farm for the purposes of folkloric recreation, in rural Wisconsin, near Dodgeville. Folklore Village is a nationally recognized folk arts center dedicated to enriching lives through time honored traditions. The 94 acres of lovely rolling hills surrounded by beautiful prairie land is easily accessed from Hwy 18/151.

With 65 acres of restored prairie, the village includes the 1-room Wakefield Schoolhouse and the historic Plum Grove Chapel. Their main venue, Farwell Hall, is designed with the exterior characteristics of a country barn. Inside, the gorgeous 1,500 square-foot main hall hosts a maple dance floor with an inlaid walnut Moravian star in the center of the room. The hall also features a vaulted ceiling with hand-forged, wrought-iron chandeliers. The first floor includes a commercial kitchen, entry-way, balcony, and back porch with sweeping views of the prairie and sunset. The lower level includes dressing rooms, a nursery and an open gallery space. The village also has a camping area, bunkhouses, walking trails, and more.



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